French is spoken by over 275 million people across the world. On our French language courses you’ll discover how the language is used around the world, from Europe, to Africa, North America and French Polynesia. You’ll experience the many cultures and accents used in the countries where French is spoken and develop knowledge, understanding and a life-long love of this fascinating language . And you’ll be kept engaged by a range of course materials that challenge and inspire you, including podcasts, screencasts and workshops covering vibrant cultural aspects of the French-speaking world such as cinema.
If you complete an OU degree course in French, we can guide you along pathways to our MA in Translation Studies, MA in Applied Linguistics, and to doctoral studies. And, of course, adding French language to your cv can open up all kinds of employment opportunities.
If you complete an OU degree course in French, we can guide you along pathways to our MA in Translation Studies, MA in Applied Linguistics, and further onward to doctoral-level studies. And, of course, employers greatly value language and communication skills in today’s global business world; having Spanish language skills and an understanding of French cultures on your CV can open up all kinds of employment opportunities.
Our French language students cross all boundaries of age, background and experience, and so we provide a range of resources that you can choose to fit with your interests and your lifestyle. These include:
We are the largest French department in the UK, with 50 members of staff from diverse backgrounds providing a range of unique resources such as Projet Grammaire, where you can practise your skills in a playful, creative, yet structured way, every week.
As well as undergraduate modules in French, we also have a range of short courses to bring you up to speed on the basics of French and introduce you to some cultural aspects of countries where French is spoken. Short courses are 16 weeks long and are offered at Beginner and Intermediate levels. You can also try a taster version for free on OpenLearn.
With the Open University, you can choose to study French alongside Spanish or German, or you can combine French with another subject, such as Business, Law or English, to enhance the range of your skills. You can also take French modules as part of a multidisciplinary qualification, such as a humanities degree, or an Open Degree.